MONTBRETIA

Not particular as to soil, but prefers ground which does not dry out too easily. The flowers start from long spikes. March is the best month for planting and established clumps can also be divided at the same time. Some of the older varieties increase very rapidly and may need dividing every couple of years. Montbretias are not reliably hardy on cold soils and except in mild districts it is safer to lift in October and store like gladioli. The flowering period is from late summer into early autumn. Good varieties include His Majesty with large scarlet and gold flowers, Lady Oxford, yellow and peach-pink, Lady Wilson, orange, Lord Nelson, orange-bronze. Montbretias grow up to 3 ft. and are excellent for cutting.

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